Rumor: Knicks could hire Mike Woodson as assistant if he’s bypassed for head coaching job
The New York Knicks formally interviewed Mike Woodson for the team’s head coaching gig on Friday.
Woodson is the only Knicks coach to win a playoff series in 20 years. He compiled a record of 109-79 with the franchise in three seasons. The 2012-13 New York squad is the last team in franchise history to have a winning record and make the playoffs and Woodson just so happened to be the coach of that club.
If the Knicks decide not to hire Woodson, new boss Leon Rose could still bring him on as an assistant coach, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Mike Woodson, 62, the former Knicks head coach, is among several candidates who’ve met with team brass via video conference. Woodson, like frontrunner Tom Thibodeau, has a connection to team president Leon Rose and top Knicks executive William Wesley because they represented him at CAA as agents.
It’s possible that Woodson, who owns the highest winning percentage of a Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy, is hired as an assistant if he’s bypassed for the top job.
The Knicks have been a joke since the 2012-13 season. The franchise has treated Carmelo Anthony, Spike Lee and Charles Oakley poorly and traded Kristaps Porzingis. Needless to say, the allure of Madison Square Garden has taken a hit as a result.
To make matters even worse, the Big Apple franchise had to watch superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign with the other team in New York last summer, the Brooklyn Nets, despite having cap space to sign both of them.
New York fans are praying Rose can save the organization. Only time will tell if the former CAA agent can accomplish this giant feat.